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ERIC Number: ED523203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-4422-1199-7ISBN-978-1-4422-1199-5
Fitting Form to Function: A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions. Second Edition
Weingartner, Rudolph H.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Institutions of higher education are unique organizations: They have multiple goals, extending beyond their central aims of teaching and research. They are not always organized in a clear hierarchy. One of their most prevalent populations, the faculty, is a cross between independent contractors and employees; another class, administrators, is a cross between bosses and colleagues. "Fitting Form to Function" describes how such institutions are best organized; how decisions are best made at various levels; and how administrators and faculty can effectively collaborate in giving shape to a university or college. This book takes up such topics as the office of the president, the provost, the dean and the chairperson of a department. It considers how committees are formed to function productively-from a faculty senate to budget and planning committees to those that advise on promotions and others that adjudicate when there are grievances. "Fitting Form to Function" is written in an informal style. No jargon, no footnotes, but sporting twenty-seven recurring maxims that serve as guiding principles, such as: Maxim 1: In academic institutions, the forces of nature are centrifugal; organizational art must be used to create propensities toward coherence; Maxim 17: Boundaries are less likely to create solidarity among those who live within them than they constitute barriers for those residing outside them; and Maxim 23: "A" people hire "A" people, while "B" people hire "C" people. A preface to the second edition, a preface to the first edition, and an index are included. [For the first edition, "Fitting Form to Function. A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions," see ED394484.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education